A lot of great things happen in this business and we often have cause to celebrate. We had good cause in mid-July when we announced the Royal Caribbean International 2008 Environmental Ship of the Year. The announcement came in the form of a conference call to the fleet. It’s a curious experience to be the one who says “may I have the envelope please” to Jamie Sweeting, our VP, Environmental Stewardship.
The really amazing thing is how the ships year after year continue to find new and innovative ways to take care of the environment. Their dedication to do continuous improvement is inspiring.
The winning ship for 2008 is Liberty of the Seas. The selection panel, a group of environmental experts from outside the company, noted a wide variety of initiatives that distinguished Liberty of the Seas last year. A few examples:
- implementation of a new waste handling system that has nearly eliminated cutlery from the throwaway bins, reducing potential damage to the vacuum system components
- creation of a video for guests on energy savings
- low usage of water throughout the year and development of a water awareness training and educational program for the crew
- recycling of wine corks which are landed to a company that produces building materials from recycled products. The corks are recycled into tiles for floors and walls
- installation of a wind turbine to power a television inside of Adventure Ocean
In addition to all of the above, Liberty of the Seas performed exceptionally well throughout the year on the rigorous audits that all our ships undergo.
Congratulations to Liberty of the Seas as well as the runner up Independence of the Seas and third place winner Jewel of the Seas.